When it comes to happiness, one would think that we Australians are quite content with our way of life, the sun, surf and sand on our doorstep. However, it seems that Australians aren’t feeling as happy as we might hope.
The United Nations World Happiness Report 2019 ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year, Finland was named as the happiest country in the world for the second consecutive year. Based on the report, the Finns’ happiness can be credited to their high GDP, long lifespan, connection with nature, lack of corruption and the people’s control over their own life, among other things.
Markku Ojanen, Finnish Emeritus professor of psychology and an expert on happiness, believes the Finn’s secret to success is their ability to enjoy ordinary life.
“Our northern climate has taught us to work hard and cherish the times when things are going well,” says Markku. “Finnish people are also typically very honest, and Finland is one of the safest countries in the world. Safety and trust are key elements for happiness”.
Interested to see what countries ranked in the top 10 Check out the list below.
Laura BarryLaura Barry is a writer, bookworm and interior design enthusiast with a love for reporting on all things homes, travel and lifestyle. When not tapping away at her keyboard, Laura can be found making endless cups of tea or perusing the shelves of Sydney’s many bookstores.